Country singer/songwriter Julie Roberts portrays Nora Jean Mavens, an ex-country singer who encounters domestic violence at the hands of an alcoholic husband, in the new musical “Brand New Man.” Set in Bigelow, Ar., the play tells the tale of a small town girl who trades in her dreams of singing.
Consequently, she meets a suave producer from Nashville who notices her talent, offers her a record deal and the two eventually fall in love.
“Brand New Man” is the first of a series of country musicals slated to spring from Nashville under the direction of the creative team of George Darden and Mario Turner, both veteran playwrights and producers of stage plays.
The musical also stars country singer Matt Kennon who portrays the role of Jesse, the abusive husband. Kennon took the industry by storm with his hit single The Call, in 2010. He has inspired audiences through his music. Now he brings his charismatic performance to theatre stages. His deep raspy voice is suitable to bring to life this role.
Recording artist and star of reality TV shows Hogan Knows Best and Brooke Knows Best, Brooke Hogan also stars alongside Julie in this epic play. A recent addition to the Nashville scene, Brooke’s natural talent and performance abilities make her the perfect addition to this amazing musical.
Former Epic recording artist and multi-talented performer, Brad Martin, rounds out the list. His Wings of a Honky Tonk Angel CD yielded the Top 15 hit “Before I Knew Better.” Mr. Martin brings to life the role of Colin, the producer Nora falls for. His southern charm and hard rocking roots make his music shine and his portrayal realistic and cunning.
“When I first read the script, I was amazed at the authenticity and the brilliant writing style displayed,” said Ms. Roberts. “The play possesses a great message of redemption. I felt a strong connection to the lead character and was compelled to take it on. I felt like this opportunity was perfect for me and I am especially blessed to be a part of it.”
Along with raising awareness relative to domestic violence, Ms. Roberts continues her fight against Multiple Sclerosis. Diagnosed in 2006, she is a spokesperson for the MS Society where she travels the country to spread her story regarding her struggle with the disease.
Ms. Roberts coined such hit country singles as 2004’s “Break Down Here” on her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. Her Men and Mascara CD debuted at #4 in 2006.
The touring musical debuts in Chattanooga on Friday, Nov. 13, and five initial dates are scheduled for November. A full tour is in the works for 2016.
Nov. 13 Chattanooga - Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium; 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 14 Huntsville, Ala. - Von Braun Center; 3 and 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 20 Mobile, Ala. - Mobile Civic Center; 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 21 Mobile, Ala. - Mobile Civic Center; 3 and 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 22 Panama City, Fl. - Marina Civic Center; 3 and 7:30 p.m.
For further information, contact Craig Campbell, email@example.com, 615.210-3602 or visit www.brandnewmanplay.com
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